Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games. The Legendary Edition features 20 playable races, including 11 that are totally new, each offering its own game style! Make a competitive team, train it and buy the best equipment.
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Release Date: Oct 28, 2010

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Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games.
The Legendary Edition features 20 playable races, including 11 that are totally new, each offering its own game style! Make a competitive team, train it and buy the best equipment. Brutal victory after victory, improve your players' skills to make them into true Blood Bowl players!
This is a no holds barred bonecrunching sport! Even if tactics are your favoured route, you can also choose from a large selection of incredible and vicious moves: bribe the ref, devastating spells or illegal weapons…
Blood Bowl Legendary Edition also includes new stadiums and new game modes such as the "Story" mode. Here you will learn of Blood Bowl's origins and play the sports' most legendary matches in its most spectacular stadiums!
Blood Bowl can be played online. Create your team, improve it and lead it to the top of the official rankings! Develop your own private internet league to organize your own tournaments!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3/ Vista SP1/ 7
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 GHZ/AthlonXP 2400+
    • Memory: 1GB (XP)/ 2GB (Vista/7)
    • Graphics: 128 MB 100% DirectX® 9 and shaders 2.0 compatible (NVIDIA GEFORCE 6600 / ATI RADEON X700 or higher) Not compatible with SLI. Intel, SIS and Via/S3G graphics controllers non-supported
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9 compatible
    • Multiplayer Requirements: Internet connection required for online gameplay.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This is the pc version of a great table top game. It has everything you would actually want in a football game. Why just throw a ball around when you can throw your teammate who has the ball. Why just tackle someone when you can crush their skull in with a 10 lb boot. This game isn't for the beginner strategist. It's a very complex and hard game to master. With the mix of skill, luck, and off fans that may just kill your team. I highly recommend the advanced players to try this out. Rating: 10/10
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113 of 142 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
367.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
While Blood bowl is a great game to play (Seriously, I've logged over 300 hours on this one!) You want the Chaos edition. On the other hand, sometimes it can be cheaper to buy this one AND the Chaos edition than to buy this one alone...
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50 of 56 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
You will lose.
the other team will slip past your perfectly organized defense
your defenders will get knocked out somehow
you'll fumble the ball when it's right in front of your player
you will miss a throw, fail a block, lose players and watch everything you've so carefully organized be pummeled to gibs.

But you'll get better.
the more you play it, the more you'll understand the rules and how the nature of the game works.
you'll have that moment where a perfect play comes together, or you see an opening in the enemy team's defense and just go for it. And when you do score that touchdown? It feels great.

It's a difficult system to master and I'm sure as hell not there yet either. But from what I played on the 360 version and this, it can definately feel really rewarding when you nail it. And even if you don't? You can at least make your opponent have to work for it.

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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014

Ah, what fun it is to play the good ol' Blood Bowl! I used to play the tabletop version and fell in love. This version has all the charm (and frustration) of American football gone medieval, the best strategies lain waste to bad dice rolls, and multiple races with all the expected strengths and weakness common with Warhammer fantasy. The upgraded commentary from our two favorite Blood Bowl aficionados, Jim (Vampire) and Bob (Ogre), keep a smile on your face with every result... even the ones that go against you. The rulebook is also included from the tabletop version to define everything you need to know about the game.

I prefer playing the turn-based "Blitz" mode, which allows for some customization of your teams, players, and adds additional flavor of spells, crowds and riot-causing fans, as well as player equipment (upgraded helmets, pads, etc which add to your abilities), bribing the ref, and many more. I love to win and hate to lose because this game make you sweat for every inch of the Pitch (playing field)!

For the first time player, tutorials are included. The game is easy to learn but does have some complexion in the variety of rules to be tracked. I recommend to put it on easy mode and play a couple games to get the hang of it after you do the tutorials.

Multiplayer mode is also available and I use it! My friends who play with me love to rant and rave about the worst roll or that last second catch at the end of the match that scored the game-winning touchdown!

WARNING! This game will test your frustration limits! I mean, COME ON!, how does a strength 2 halfling charge a strength 6 minotaur and KO him!?? WTH, man!? LOL!

Again, I loved it back in the 80's when I originally played it tabletop, and this brings back all the fun! It did so well that it received a go at "Blood Bowl 2"!
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
122.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
American Football meets Warhammer is probably the best way to describe Cyanide Studio's sporting epic called Blood Bowl which throws gamers into this deadly universe. Apart from sporting and a healthy dose of violence, there is even some RPG and management aspects added to the game to keep things quite original and fresh. Throwing together a variety of characters from the world of Warhammer, gamers can now experience a sporting game with a difference as Orcs, Humans, Goblins and the like all fight for victory on the field and although these games were quite popular in the yesteryear of gaming, it's great to see a developer run with the idea again.

In terms of gameplay, Blood Bowl Legendary Edition is not your traditional sports game but you’ve probably guessed that already. As opposed to the console sport games, this title is a turn based strategy. The biggest change to this edition as opposed to previous games is that the developers have included a variety of new races into the mix such as High Elves and the Undead. Elves can also "glamour" their foes which does allow you to control them. The secret is 11 new playable races! Then you have the streamlined online play that actually makes it more fun to play it online as opposed to single-player. The only issues with online is trying to find another player and with offline, the AI is a little less than challenging.

If you haven’t played the board game or the previous PC game, I thoroughly recommend that you follow every step of the tutorial because as opposed to American Football, there are quite a few tweaks and changes to be found. From kicks to tackles and dodging, the learning curve of this title, especially if you are unfamiliar with American Football or rugby to an extent is quite high. Things become even more challenging with the inclusion of Blood Bowl rules.

Once you have completed the tutorial, the story mode is probably the best place to start which allows you to put your skills into action…slowly. In this mode, you play a mercenary trainer or "coach" for your selected race,as you play a variety of games. Another fun mode is the campaign mode which offers you a plethora of levels or games to play but offers some unlockable content as you gain new powers and players.

However the star of the title is playing the game online as you engage in a variety of matches and leagues. There is a new commissioner tool that has been added into the game. This gives the owner of a particular league, some power in terms of resetting matches or replays. This is how Blood Bowl should be played. Just be warned that dying sucks... especially when one of your stars decided to take a dirt nap from getting killed by an opponent or opponent. Or those pesky vampires that get blood lust and wish to feed on not only their opponents but also the fans!

Despite some flaky matchmaking and an apparent ability for less scrupulous players to 'predict' incoming dice rolls, online play in Blood Bowl is still a whole lot of fun. Custom leagues exist for those of you that want to dodge the minefield of random play, with a thriving community dedicated to providing decent opposition and eradicating the sort of rage-quitting and general idiocy that unfortunately rears its head during regular play with strangers.

Also it's worth noting that due to the hugely expanded roster the Legendary Edition remains very much open to questions of imbalance, but in part that's simply a design choice. Choosing a smaller team such as the Halflings will never give you a fair crack at winning, but including the weaker races will placate a large section of the audience that wants an authentic experience and a distinct challenge for veterans. Yes it's disappointing to see a bewildering lack of instruction to new players on how to avoid the more obvious mismatches, but you get the feeling that developer Cyanide rarely took their eyes off developing a title that served the old guard first and foremost - the type of people that will be only too happy to have a large range of playable races and head into every game fully prepared for the likely challenge of encountering each.

The graphics mirror the board game perfectly and all the characters look like their real-world miniature painted figures. The animation is good as are the stadium backgrounds and special effects. It’s funny seeing these mythical creatures compete in a sport game similar to American Football with its all regalia. The stadiums look pretty cool as well and there around 10 new areas for you to compete in. The soundtrack with its rock inspired mythic focus suits the game well as do the sound effects. Overall, it’s a good looking game, especially on high detail.

So do I recommend this game? If you’re a fan of Blood Bowl, than you’ve come to the right place but just be warned that online play is a must. Sports fans would probably be annoyed due to the limited control of the players but once again this game is a strategy not an arcade sports title.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
Recommended for anyone looking to get a start with playing Blood Bowl. Blood Bowl 2 has come out however the editions of BB1 are great value since they have more teams available and BB1 still follows the same rule set.

As for the gameplay, its essentially a combination of football, chess, and dice rolls. Many things do come down to random chance, but the goal is to ensure that you take chances in your favour to give yourself the best possible chance of success. Eventually all your players will die, you will lose the ball in the most random/unpredictable way and you with hang your head.

No the dice are not stacked against you, and your not going to win every game. If you cant handle that than this isnt the game for you.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
73.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2013
Its a faithful board game conversion that I am certain (despite rampant criticism) does not cheat. Unfortunately, the AI is so bad I sometimes wish it did. Even so, the game is fun in single player and more fun in multiplayer. As for the board game itself, it is strategic and occaisionally random enough to make it interesting. Game balance is kind of wacky (in the board game as well, some teams are difficult to play on purpose) but this only adds to the charm in my opinion. The bragging rights one wins when scoring a touchdown as the Halflings counts as a buff in my book.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
Get Chaos Edition over this, but this is still a solid adaptation of a solid board game. the luck element can be infuriating, but it's a fun game nonetheless, especially with friends.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2015
(tl;dr below)

After reading reviews and watching some videos, I discovered that this might be a tough game to learn. With that in mind, I bought the legendary edition for full price, thinking I could upgrade to the chaos edition after I learned how to play. That was yesterday. Well, today, the Chaos edition went on sale for $12 for the next 4 months. How positively unfortunate.

Well, for those of you looking for more info and less facepalm, the game is a far. I jumped straight into an offline campaign (classic mode, hard difficulty). I've only played the first 2 games, but they were both nail-biting, edge-of-my-seat fun. I won both games (first one came down to the last 2 turns, second one was much easier). I'm sure the competition will get harder as all our teams level up.

I noticed in the reviews people complaining about the RNG, claiming it's all dumb luck; after watching several games and playing 2 myself, this really isn't as bad as they make it out to be in my opinion. Look at all your options each turn, take the low-risk actions first, then go for the high risk actions at the end of your turn (or don't even take the high-risk actions if you don't need to). It's a strategy game about risk management, not a blind RNG hack and slash. You really need to think things through, or you are really going to hate the game. Yes, there's dice, and yes, sometimes those dice will want to violate you. Painfully. But it IS within your power to severely effect the LIKELIHOOD of such events. I was able to end the bulk of my turns by clicking the "End of Turn" button rather than bad rolls. The few that were ended from bad rolls were mostly high risk actions that I knew full well ahead of time might end badly, and I was sure to take those actions last for that very reason.

During the first game, I used up the full 4-minute time bank almost every turn to really look over my options. 4 minutes might seem like a lot, but when you are new to the game it goes by fast. At first I had trouble frantically trying to get through everything I wanted to before the time ran out. Fortunately, somewhere between the first and second game I started being able to regularly figure out my plans and execute them with a cool head and time to spare. It helped that I watched several pvp matches before I bought the game.

I can't say much about the rest of the game (all the different team strategies, game modes, skills etc), as I haven't explored it all yet, but I can say with confidence, I most certainly will. I do know that every team plays different, and that the way you set up each team (funds, skills, roster, formations etc) makes them play vastly different as well. Those different possibilities coupled with the fact that there is RNG involved really means there are many different game experiences to be had, and I look forward to trying them out. I am very excited to add this game to my library and wear it out, even if I DID buy it for full price the DAY BEFORE IT WENT ON SALE FOR 60% OFF FOR THE NEXT 4 MONTHS!


Just gonna forget that happened. Eventually.


Game -> Good
Be happy. Or infuriated due to dice rolls. But still somewhat kinda happy somewhere deep down.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Got this for $5 when it was on sale last week. What a steal! This game is easily worth the full price. You don't even have to like football or warhammer to enjoy watching a lizardmen punch a vampire in the face!
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2.7 hrs
Posted: October 28
good game with nice graphics
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5.0 hrs
Posted: October 24
This is a good game, only reason I'm marking it down is that you don't want to buy this. Buy the Chaos Edition instead, with a couple more races added.
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20.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
I've always found the blood bowl series to be buggy. Slow, crashes, poor AI.

You can usually get through a single player competition. I've just re-loaded this game, started a competition and it froze on the first game, in turn 15.

A blood bowl fan, which I'd really like to play but haven't had huge success with it.
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97.5 hrs
Posted: October 13
The game blood bowl is very enjoyable for any warhammer fan or just the common gamer it has a turned-based mode in which the player must use his or her mind to strategize the turned vase mode is a lot longer than most players are used to. Real time mode plays a lot more like standard American football time wise and the game is a bit more fast paced and more fun some might say. Overall the game mechanics are good I've played the campaign and the story mode and they both seem very fun this game is a great game to play when you are bored.
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b0x3z_B0XXY <3
19.7 hrs
Posted: October 9
Very fun. Can't bring myself to get past lvl 2 of story, because the human team's name is The Marauders. The football team I play for is named The Marauders as well. Shame.
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175.0 hrs
Posted: October 9
First game, first kick off, I arranged my players in a perfect defense pattern and looked to squish a weak team for fun. The crrowd ran on the pitch and promptly wiped out my entire team. Chaos reigns in the strategic game that makes disaster and fortune happen randomly but in equal measure.

I bought this game and instantly wished I had bought Chaos edition. Downside to this game is animation gets repetative, there could be more fanfare when you win a trophy. So a bit glitz and glamour are needed but sadly not fully resolved in BB2. So for a game that can be a quick sit down 1 match affair, to an I'm hooked and will win that competition before I log off I can't think of a better way to spend a little money. So much fun, drama when your best player dies, and enough to get the brain working. If you looked at it buy it, but buy the chaos edition.
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Cheeky Bugger
2.2 hrs
Posted: October 9
this game is buggy AF. and makes absolute no sense, it is impossible to win a game
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 8
I want to love this game but it confuses me.
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26.0 hrs
Posted: September 13
Oh boy, this f#cking game. I must be honest, all I knew about this game is that it was violent, and that I had played a demo around 8 or so years ago. And well, seeing it with a big sale like that, I couldn't really hold it and decided to buy it. Is it bad? Is it good? As usual I'm gonna start talking about what it does worse, then move up from there.

First and foremost, the worst part of the game has to be it's difficulty for new players. It's a board game of sorts directly ported to a video-game... But as it usually happens, good board games are complex as all hell, and that translates poorly for new players. It also doesn't help that the difficulty spike is directly at the start: you create your own team and then suddenly you're thrusted with little knowledge of how to play against teams that actually DO HAVE QUITE THE LEVEL ALREADY. Your team will be on a sick losing spree from the beggining because, even though the game says there's around 140 or so teams on the game, you'll be playing against the same mid-level ones over and over. If I start on a 0 prestige league, WHY THE HELL PUT MID-GAME TEAMS ON IT, EVEN ON THE LOWEST DIFFICULTY!? IT'S STUPID. However that's switched around later, when your team actually gets levels and becomes decent, the enemies are actually rather easy to predict.

The second other problem this game has is actually related to that one, too. Remember when I talked about this game being a board-port with tons of rules? Well, this game has a tutorial that last around 10 minutes and all it does is teach you how to move characters, knocking people into the ground and the bare minimum to start playing. It's kinda pathetic when the game has so many damn rules and can be so damn challenging and outright painful to play for new players. The worst part of it all is that I did a bit of research online, and on the Steam forums some people say that to understand the game correctly you gotta read the manual, and also giving a link to a PDF file of said manual... WHICH HAD OVER 50 BIG PAGES OF RULES. WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥. IT'S A F#CKING VIDEOGAME, NOT A SCIENCE PROJECT!

Taking that aside, though, what do we have left? A really fun and adicting game, once you actually learn what the f#ck you're doing.

The gameplay, after you learn about it and get over the start difficult spike, is fun as all hell. Now sure it feels lame when the enemy team pulls off something completely stupid that somehow works, like a ball carrier somehow dodging three players and scoring a touchdown, but all races have their own advantages and styles of play. Wood elfs for example are great at doing large passes and evading blocks, however they just S#CK at melees and end up with multiple injured and DEAD players at them. On the other hand you have guys like the Orcs and Dwarfs, who are violent and while not having much control over the ball, can just win by injuring and killing other players. IT'S LIKE MADDEN MIXED WITH WARHAMMER, ONLY ACTUALLY FUN!

Talking about races, there's like 30 or even more of them, lost count. That's A LOT of variety, I'm pretty confident anyone can find a race that fits their playstyle, me actually going Dwarf because F#CK YOU, YOUR STAR PLAYER IS NOW DEADER.

The multiplayer is also fun. I've only played one match so far online but it was so fun and competitive that I can see myself going back to it once in a while.

Lastly, the commentators are actually quite fun to hear, as they comment on the races of each team, their characters and such. It sucks that the variety of quotes for each one of those is quite low, but hey, can't have everything.

Do I recommend this game? It depends. If you like board games and have tons of patience, then you'll have lots of fun with the game. If however you don't have much of that, stay away FOREVER. The game is HARSH with new players that don't have any damn idea what this game is all about. It also doesn't have Steam Overlay support, which is stupid.

TL;DR Edition: Fun board game ported into an actual video-game. The learning curve and difficulty spikes are some of the most harsh ones for new players, however once you learn about it you'll have tons of fun with it. And the multiplayer is fun too, still with players on it.
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